MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Lynx and head coach Cheryl Reeve will be one of four recipients of a Special Merit Award on Wednesday, February 6 as a part of the National Girls and Women in Sport Day celebration at the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda. The event, which begins at 12 p.m., will honor individuals in five separate categories: Special Merit Awards, Media Award, Wilma Rudolph Award, Marie Berg Award and the Breaking Barriers Award.
“It’s an honor to be selected for the Special Merit Award,” said Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve. “As the foremost professional women’s sports team in Minnesota, it’s our responsibility to set a strong example for young women around the state. I’m proud to be a part of an organization with a commitment to further the development of young women, and look forward to another year of progress for women’s athletics.”
The Special Merit Award is given to individuals who exemplify the highest levels of commitment to breaking barriers for girls and women in sport. Previous winners of the award include current Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen, who received the honor in 2005 for her work with the University of Minnesota women’s basketball team.
National Girls and Women in Sports Day is a celebration held in all 50 states as a way to encourage the participation of girls and women in sports. The day was first celebrated nationally in 1987, when Olympian Flo Hyman was honored for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equity for women’s sports.